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The one that got away


I don’t know if ORNL Director Thom Mason tells fish stories, but it appears that he’s telling one at a recent ceremony at the High Flux Isotope Reactor. In fact, he’s actually clapping for something or somebody recognized at the event. But, if you believe in the fish stories, it appears that Mason’s tale got even bigger in the photo below.FullSizeRender (3)

Most popular Atomic City blog posts of 2014

Readers of Atomic City Underground like old and interesting photographs, keep track of current events at the Department of Energy and its affiliated institutions and communities, and sometimes have an affinity for the unusual. That sort of defines what this news blog is all about.

I just took a look at the year’s most popular posts, using a number of analytical tools, and here are those that — sometimes inexplicably — ranked highest.

1. Now that’s a whole heck of a lot of waste.

wastedrums12. NNSA confirms uranium incident at Y-12; top official coming to Oak Ridge to address situation.

3. In the megaton range at the Y-12 History Center.

4. CNS unveils org structure, some managers.

5. Isn’t this quaint?

6. Another view of K-25’s conclusion.

7. Declassified pics of final A-bomb preparations.

8. Nuclear survivor: Bill Clark recalls 1958 criticality accident and his up-and-down life since then.

9. Backlash on Y-12 benefit changes.

10. Eight workers got internal rad doses during secret project at ORNL; lab was doing work for Y-12. Continue reading

A view of life

During a recent conversation, I asked ORNL Director Thom Mason about plans for an annual family skiing trip. Somehow, to my ears, his response sounded more like a comment on life than a vacation tidbit.

“I can still make it down the hill, but my kids are getting faster than me.”

Monday wasn’t the same without Sam

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A chatty group at Sam Venable’s retirement party on Friday included, from left, retired News Sentinel reporter Stan DeLozier, Venable, former UT Football Coach Johnny Majors, and retired KNS chief photographer Jack Kirkland.

For anybody who reads the newspaper, you probably already know that News Sentinel columnist Sam Venable retired last week. We had a going-away shindig on Friday, with surprisingly good food and a festive bunch of folks who had nice things to say, funny things to say, and couldn’t wait to reminisce about old times and good times. Continue reading